September 08, 2008

School of Law to host U.S. Homeland Security and Canadian National Defence officers

The Canada-United States Law Institute will host the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Canadian Department of National Defence officers at Case Western Reserve University School of Law on Tuesday, September 9, at noon to discuss Canada-U.S. Security and Defense Cooperation at Home and Abroad. The event is free and open to the public.

Lieutenant Commander Albert Wong, an officer with the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, will discuss his experiences with joint Canada-United States efforts as part of the Global War on Terror and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Commander Larry Kennedy of the United States Coast Guard's Ninth District will address joint Canada-U.S. efforts with regard to the security and defense of the Great Lakes. Consul General Robert Noble of the Canadian Consulate General in Detroit will provide welcoming remarks.

School of Law Professor Henry King advises the Honorary Consul for Canada in Northeastern Ohio and states, "Ninety percent of global goods and raw materials travel by sea. In order to remain economically competitive and physically secure, particularly in Northeastern Ohio, we need cooperation between the national and homeland defense forces of Canada and the U.S."

The event is a pre-arrival activity for the Canadian naval frigate, HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN, which recently completed a six month deployment to the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea as part of Canada's continuing contributions to the campaign against terrorism. This frigate helped to deter threats to maritime security including illegal migration, smuggling, and piracy that harm legitimate commerce in the Gulf region. While deployed, it boarded three vessels with known ties to terrorists, intercepting 2,000 cases of alcohol and six metric tons of narcotics. The ship also rendered assistance to three vessels in distress, saving the lives of 25 mariners.

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, September 8, 2008 08:00 AM | News Topics: Conferences/Symposia, Events

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